BMW revealed that it will be releasing a new generation of the BMW X1. At present, it already has attained record sales of more than 800,000 units. In China alone, around 200,000 units of its first generation were sold, with around 140,000 of those manufactured locally at BMW Brilliance's Tiexi facility.
The new generation of the BMW X1 manages to redefine its class and enhances how the brand values customer requirements considering that it focused on having a full understanding of their needs.
Take China for example, for this market the brand developed the X1 to have a long wheelbase. By having a long wheelbase, the X1 is able to set the benchmark as it relates to quality and versatility. It also offers a high standard when it comes to the amount of space offered in the rear.
Looking at the X1, some of the features that can be observed include the larger dimensions and the raised seating position not just for the driver but even for the front passenger. There is also the perfected functionality and body design that appears to have been taken from the BMW X model mold.
The X1’s long-wheelbase version will be offered in either the Sport Line or xLine variants. This is to make sure that it meets the different engine versions and the various drive configurations. The design features and the cleanly coordinated equipment highlight the strong all-around character and sporting agility of the X1.
A number of different configurations are made available for the new generation X1. There are, for instance, the run-flat tyres, panoramic sunroof, and outside rearview mirror assembly that has been integrated with electric functions.
There are also other features of the X1 that comprise its similarities with the BMW Sports Activity Coupes and BMW Sports Activity Vehicles that come from higher classes. Two such features are the style of the interior design and a variety of optional driver assistance systems.
Though offered as an option, the automatic tailgate operation helps in making sure that using the load-carrying capacity is easy. By having the Comfort Access option, it becomes possible to operate the opening and closing of the tailgate hands-free.
Offered with the long-wheelbase variant is the all-new line-up of engines. The different power units that compose the new generation of engines from the BMW Group are able to differentiate themselves with the power delivery as well as the optimized efficiency. By combining extensive BMW EfficientDynamics with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, all versions of the compact BMW X model get that needed balance between fuel efficiency and sportiness.
For the X1 sDrive20Li and the X1 sDrive18Li, the power of the engine is transmitted to the road through the advanced front-wheel-drive system. Two versions however, specifically the X1 xDrive20Li and the BMW X1 xDrive25Li, instead have the BMW xDrive smart all-wheel drive system. This particular smart system is fuel efficient, in addition to having a low weight and optimization.
What this system does is to send the power of the engine to the front and the rear wheel depending on what is needed for a particular situation. When paired with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the system can immediately perform and counteract in advance any possible understeer or oversteer. This is made possible by having the power diverted to its wheel, or wheels for that matter, and then transferred at once to the road to get the needed maximum effect.
Regardless of what the weather is, or what the present road conditions are, the xDrive system makes sure that there is enhanced cornering dynamics, optimized directional stability, and supreme traction. By combining the xDrive with the DSC system, it now has Hill descent Control. In terms of components, the xDrive smart system must have a single-speed bevel gear for the front-axle drive unit which gives it a tremendous amount of power at take-off.
Its rear-axle drive unit on the other hand has the multi-plate hang-on electrohydraulically controlled clutch. Connecting the two is a two-piece drive shaft. When needed, the xDrive smart system can directly send drive power to its wheels as required but has split-second speed. It’s so fast that the driver could not notice it. In the long-wheel version, the chassis technology used was based on the first X1.
For the new version though, this technology has been redeveloped and currently has a multi-link axle on the rear with the front having the single-joint strut suspension. Its lightweight design is highlighted by the use of a high proportion of aluminum plus having high-strength steel that lowers the weight but increases its rigidity. Helping to improve the ride comfort and agility are the high-tech three-way support mounts that are used to connect the new X1’s dampers to its body.
Also enhancing the agility and comfort are the model-specific elastokinematics and the advanced three-way support mounts that are used to connect the dampers to its body. This long-wheelbase version also comes with the Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering that has the Dynamic Damper Control.
For this new X model, the dampers are electronically controlled enhancing the ride comfort and honing the already dynamic attributes. The two damper control settings can be controlled through the Driving Experience Control switch.